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Ged, William (1684/5–1749), goldsmith and stereotype founder, was probably born in Dunfermline, son of William Ged, said to have been a member of the family of Ged of Baldridge in Fife. He was apprenticed to Robert Inglis, goldsmith, in Edinburgh in 1696, and his own mark was entered with the ...

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Harding, (Thomas) Walter (1843–1927), pin manufacturer and civic art patron, was born in Lille, France, on 22 January 1843, the only son and second of four children of Thomas Richards Harding (1812–1895), manufacturer, of Leeds, Yorkshire, and Doddington, Cambridgeshire, and his wife, Sarah Ann Cocker (1814–1888)...

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Wilson, Alexander (1714–1786), astronomer and type founder, son of Patrick Wilson, town clerk of St Andrews, and Clara Fairfoul, his wife, was born at St Andrews, Fife. His father died when he was very young. He studied at the university there, and graduated MA on 8 May 1733. He was then apprenticed to a surgeon and apothecary, first in ...

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Yeoman, Thomas (1709/10–1781), millwright and surveyor, was probably born in Somerset. Although his origins and early life are obscure, his career embraced many different aspects during a formative phase of the early industrial revolution, and he became one of the most prolific and influential civil engineers of the period and a founding father of the profession. He is first encountered as the wheelwright skilled in 'turning iron & Brass, & making machinery for grinding' (...